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The New Middle Ages
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Narcissism and Selfhood in Medieval French Literature

Wounds of Desire

Authors: Ealy, Nicholas

  • Studies the influence of classical mythology on medieval literature
  • Explores connections between the contemporary study of psychoanalysis and trauma studies with medieval literature
  • Examines selfhood through French medieval love literature
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About this book

This book offers analyses of texts from medieval France influenced by Ovid’s myth of Narcissus including the Lay of Narcissus, Alain de Lille’s Plaint of Nature, René d’Anjou’s Love-Smitten Heart, Chrétien de Troyes’s Story of the Grail and Guillaume de Machaut’s Fountain of Love. Together, these texts form a corpus exploring human selfhood as wounded and undone by desire. Emerging in the twelfth century in Western Europe, this discourse of the wounded self has survived with ever-increasing importance, informing contemporary methods of theoretical inquiry into mourning, melancholy, trauma and testimony. Taking its cue from the moment Narcissus bruises himself upon learning he cannot receive the love he wants from his reflection, this book argues that the construct of the wounded self emphasizes fantasy over reality, and that only through the world of the imagination—of literature itself—can our narcissistic injuries seemingly be healed and desire fulfilled.


About the authors

Nicholas Ealy is Associate Professor of English and Modern Languages at the University of Hartford, USA. He specializes in the medieval cultures of France and Iberia and has published on the theme of narcissism in medieval literature, modern literature and film.


Buy this book

eBook 41,64 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: November 13, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27916-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover 72,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • Due: November 13, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27915-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narcissism and Selfhood in Medieval French Literature
Book Subtitle
Wounds of Desire
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27916-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27916-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27915-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 235
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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